ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • 33 Industry News superior products along with a growing network of International distributors, gave Ventilux a strong position in the marketplace. Realising the need for people skills in this new venture, Brendan pursued and obtained a Master’s in Behavioural Science. Brendan studied closely how to do business in the Middle Eastern countries and the unique requirements of that market. A German company commissioned Ventilux to develop a special inverter product that became hugely successful and was installed in business all over the Middle East. This German company is still one of their biggest customers today. Ventilux now exports to the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Lebanon, Bahrain, Egypt, Oman, Kuwait and Jordan) Europe (Germany, France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Netherlands, Iceland, Estonia and Poland) Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) and Macau. Brendan’s work ethic is simple; “always try to be trustworthy and honest with both customers and employees and respect people with similar traits”. Technical excellence and a desire to work closely with the customer is still as important for Ventilux today as it ever was. Brendan is still involved in the business, assuming the role of Group Chairman and passing the baton of management to son Ian. Other members of the family, Barrie, Ryan, Claire and Marcus are also involved in the management of the business. Brendan sees his future involvement with the company as more of an advisory role that may permit a little more leisure time to allow him to see a little more of the world. Government Delivering on Climate Action The Government has just published the first progress report on the Climate Action Plan to secure a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier Ireland for future generations. T ͤ͵τǡ ͱʹ Ͳ ͳ ǡ Ǥ Key Milestones reached since the Plan has been published: • New Scheme for 1,200 on-street public charge points for electric vehicles, led by local authorities • First Luas tram extension delivered • New requirements to ensure all new homes are Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) standard. New ƥ home renovations over a certain size • Commitment to support net zero emissions at European level • Local Authority Climate Action Charter signed with all 31 local authorities, driving forward meaningful change in their local areas • Commitment for Just Transition ǡ ͆ͳͱ 2020 for new measures • New rules for public procurement, ͆ͱͲ each year will be invested sustainably • A Climate action focussed budget, with a commitment to increase the ͇ͤͰȀ ͲͰͳͰǡ and ring-fence all the proceeds for climate action, tackling energy poverty and delivering a just transition • Climate Action Plan Delivery Board established, led by the Department of an Taoiseach • Ƥ established to deliver our new Ƥ will group homes in the same area together to lower cost, easy pay back models (e.g. through your Ȍǡ Ƥ • ͆͵ͳͰ deliver the Ireland – France Celtic Interconnector, which will link the Irish and French electricity grids and is vital to increasing renewable electricity from 30% to 70% • Climate Advisory Council advice accepted to ban all new oil ơ • 8 Town Hall meetings across the country to engage with local communities about climate action The Climate Action Delivery Board will continue to monitor progress and identify challenges to delivering the remaining actions not achieved. The government has also published ͱͲ sectors, to ensure that we are prepared for the impact climate disruption is already having in a number of areas and deliver on Ireland’s commitments to help Ǥ ͱͲ ǣ ǡ ǡ Forestry, Biodiversity, Built and Archaeological Heritage, Transport Infrastructure, Electricity and Gas Networks, Communications Networks, Flood Risk Management, Water Quality, Water Services Infrastructure and Health. Each Ƥ and the approach being taken to address these risks and build climate resilience for the future.